Top things to do in South Bruges

Top Choice Gallery in South Bruges


Bruges’ most celebrated art gallery boasts an astonishingly rich collection that's strong in superb Flemish Primitive and Renaissance works, depicting the conspicuous wealth of the city with glittering realistic art…
Top Choice Museum in South Bruges

Museum Sint-Janshospitaal

In the restored chapel of a 12th-century hospital building with superb timber beamwork, this museum shows various torturous-looking medical implements, hospital sedan chairs and a gruesome 1679 painting of an anatom…
Top Choice Concert Venue in South Bruges


Bruges’ stunning 21st-century concert hall is the work of architects Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem. It takes its design cues from the city’s three famous towers and red bricks. Theatre, classical music and dance per…
Top Choice Belgian in South Bruges

Den Dyver

Den Dyver is a pioneer of fine beer dining where you match the brew you drink with the one the chef used to create the sauce on your plate. This is no pub: beers come in wine glasses served on starched tablecloths i…
Top Choice Historic Building in South Bruges


Bruges’ delightful begijnhof dates from the 13th century. Despite the hordes of summer tourists, remains a remarkably tranquil haven. Outside the 1776 gateway bridge lies a tempting (if predictably tourist-priced) a…
Top Choice Pub in South Bruges


With its dark-timber beams, low lighting, convivial clatter and park setting, L'Estaminet scarcely seems to have changed since it opened in 1900. It’s primarily a drinking spot, but also serves time-honoured dishes …
Top Choice Live Music in South Bruges

Cactus Muziekcentrum

Though small, this is the city’s top venue for contemporary and world music, hosting both live bands and international DJs. It also organises festivals including July’s Cactus Music Festival, held in the Minnewater …
Top Choice Bistro in South Bruges

De Stoepa

A gem of a place in a peaceful residential setting. It's got a slightly hippie/Buddhist ambience; oriental statues, terracotta-coloured walls, a metal stove and wooden floors and furniture give a homey but stylish f…
Top Choice Comics in South Bruges

De Striep

Look for Thibaut Vandorselaer’s wonderful illustrated guides at this colourful comic shop. There’s also a comprehensive collection of comics and graphic novels in Dutch, French and English. You'll find Bruges-set co…
Top Choice Belgian in South Bruges


Opposite the lovely Koningin Astridpark, with a fine outdoor terrace and a cosy dark-wood interior, this popular bistro serves traditional Belgian food and beer. It has particularly friendly, welcoming staff.